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Quite Possibly the Scariest Blog Post I’ve Ever Written

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You. Guys.

For some reason, when New Year’s Resolutions were fresh in my mind and I felt like I was going to be able to do ‘all the things’ in 2015, I signed up for yet another monthly challenge. It’s being hosted by the lovely Michelle from Elegance & Enchanted.  The point is simply to exercise creativity. Each month is a ‘medium’.

This month was Sewing, Knitting or Crocheting. I have pretty much mastered the art of the envelope pillow and that’s it. I’ve always wanted to be able to sew something I can wear. I have three skirts that I LOVE. I wear them to death. They are simple, stretchy, pencil skirts. So, being the crazy lady that I am, I challenged myself to sew a DIY PENCIL SKIRT. (Oh God.)Creative Challenge Artwork - Horizontal

 

I settled on this bright coral coloured fabric. It’s almost a jersey weight and has lots of stretch. I bought one metre for about $13. (I could’ve spent less on another hue or pattern, but I really liked the colour!) I hunted around and found this incredibly in-depth tutorial for making the exact style of skirt I wanted.Pencil Skirt 2

 

I’m not going to pretend to even know enough about this to write my own tutorial, but basically – here’s what I did.

First I measured myself in four places (and quickly realized I should cut back on the carbs and red wine): my waist, my hips, the length from my waist to my hips and the measure from my waist to just above my knee.

Then I created a pattern for my skirt with some crafting paper.Pencil Skirt 1

 

Then I cut the front and back sides of my skirt from the pattern (making sure the stretchiest direction of the fabric would be going across my hips rather than down to the ground… does that make sense?).

Then, using coordinating thread and a zig zag stitch, I hemmed it together and trimmed the hem down.

 

Okay – and then at THIS point I realized how crappy I am at making my own pattern because the skirt fit like a burlap sack and I basically had to make it up in order to get it to fit. My pattern was off by about 6 inches cross-wise and even more in the length. I don’t know. It was my first time, alright?!? Also, trying to set up ‘skirt selfies’ on your own is HILARIOUS and hard.

Easy Sew Pencil Skirt

I ended up trying to replicate the thick double-hemmed waist that’s on my other skirts. It sorta gives the skirt a bit more definition. The bottom hem is just a regular 1/2 inch hem.

 

Anyway – here it is… the most terrifying project I’ve ever done (and showed you all). *Gulp*

My hope is that I’ll be brave enough to try this again and eventually, I’ll be able to whip one of these up in a matter of minutes.  This is my all time favourite style of skirt. So I guess this little challenge was a good thing!

Easy Sew Pencil Skirt

The next Creative Challenge is ‘watercolours’. I have something REALLY fun and easy cooking up for that one. Not sure when that post will happen, likely in the next few weeks.

Love you all and your faces!

Chat soon!

 

 

 

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